A young creative artist who is determined to give something back to her community has been given an award to help her achieve her ambitions.
Sixteen-year-old Kristiana Groza, from Syston, is one of the latest young people to benefit from an Inspire Award.
Inspire Awards are given out by the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust (JHMT), a local charity that works to increase awareness of – and reduce the instances of – sudden heart death. The trust was set up after the tragic death of Rothley teenager Joe Humphries, 14, from sudden arrhythmic death syndrome (SADS).
Inspire Awards are small grants of up to £500, aimed at helping young people to fulfil their ambitions in memory of Joe, who never got the chance to fulfil his.
Kristiana has overcome many personal challenges in her life to succeed in education. She will use her £300 Inspire Award to buy equipment and resources for an arts venture.
She works with the Sir John Moore Foundation, which helps young people who don’t thrive in mainstream school. As part of this, she has started a ‘junk store’ at the foundation and makes pieces of art out of recycled materials.
Kristiana said: “The Junk Store is a space where I am happy and creative, and am surrounded by people that can support me. I can improve my skills, make art and develop my own community and school workshops. By making art out of other people’s rubbish I am also being environmentally friendly.”
The teenager is among three young people in Leicestershire to have received an Inspire Award.
Steve Humphries, chair of the JHMT, said: “I’m delighted that we have been able to make these awards to three more very deserving young people. I’d also like to thank the incredibly hard-working volunteers on our Inspire Awards team, who judge and administer the grants scheme.
‘We’d like to extend our gratitude to to every single person who supports the work of the JHMT and helps us to help young people reach their goals.”